Wednesday, 2 January 2013

NEWS & NOTES: PM Simpson-Miller on tackling IMF deal in 2013 + Bolt cops int’l sports journalist award

BORN TO WIN: Increasingly, it’s become vividly clear that 2012 was, indeed, the Year of Bolt. As it happens, the Jamaican sprint legend (and World’s Fastest Man) has been bestowed with yet another prestigious honour – the international sports journalist award for the world's top male athlete. In the wake of a voting process, Bolt emerged with the most votes (33.62 per cent and a total of 1,381 points) ahead of American swimmer Michael Phelps and top-ranking tennis star Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. On the women’s side, American tennis star Serena Williams snagged 15.78 per cent of the vote and 635 points ahead of Britain’s Jessica Ennis, who received 545 points and 13.55 per cent of the poll. Sprinter Allyson Felix was a close third with 525 points (13.17 per cent). Over 450 sports journalists from 100 countries cast votes. 

THE NEW DEAL: In giving the nation a solid New Year’s message for 2013, PM Portia Simpson-Miller seized the opportunity to address the way forward with Jamaica’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “As we look to the year ahead, we continue the dialogue with the IMF with the objective of agreeing to an extended fund facility. Let me assure you that this Administration will adhere to sound macro-economic policies whilst at the same time taking all necessary steps to foster increased investment in the economy, particularly in physical infrastructure and tourism. We will work with all our social partners and citizens as we face those challenges together,” the prime minister emphasized. “As we continue to work toward our economic recovery as a nation, we must believe in our souls and believe in our hearts that this can be a great year for Jamaica. Rest assured this government will never flinch when it comes to protecting the interest of the Jamaican people. We will continue to work assiduously to uplift all Jamaicans.”

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